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Quoi faire ce weekend: What to do in Ottawa with your Valentines and Palentines

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Photo by Pierre Lachaîne from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo by Pierre Lachaîne from the Apt613 flickr pool.

After moving to Ottawa from BC nearly a decade ago, Hannah has made it her mission to explore Ottawa. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Ah Valentine’s Day. Some love it, others hate it. Personally, I’m more excited for Galentine’s Day, the best day of the year! No matter your preference, grab your friends and go enjoy the weekend – there’s plenty to do! You won’t be bored Friday night with Dévah Quartet, Orienteers and Zero Day Reapers at House of Targ and Partner, The Yips and BB Cream at... | Continue reading article

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Lynn Miles and Petr Cancura find magic at the crossroads

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All photos by Andre R. Gagne.All photos by Andre R. Gagne.

Folkies joined jazz aficionados at the NAC‘s 4th stage last Thursday to experience a rare cross-genre collaboration featuring beloved Ottawa singer-songwriter Lynn Miles performing with a band of top jazz players lead by Petr Cancura. The concert was the second show in Petr Cancura’s Crossroads series presented as part of the Winter Jazz Fest and NAC Presents. The band, oozing deep musicality and local talent featured Cancura on saxophones, guitarist Roddy Elias, bassist John Geggie and drummer Greg Ritchie, who came in from Montreal. There’s something about Miles’ music that has a... | Continue reading article

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Zero Day Reapers on first show, cybersecurity and free music

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Photo by Christian Villemaire, courtesy of Zero Day Reapers.Photo by Christian Villemaire, courtesy of Zero Day Reapers.

New local electro-punk band Zero Day Reapers will be playing their first show this Friday, February 12, at House of Targ, with a line-up of songs that explore sex, computers, and technology. The band consists of lead singer Tanya Janca, lead guitarist Daniel Ryan, bassist Jean-Francois Brown, and rhythm guitarist Godwin Daniel. Apartment613 sat down with Janca to find out more about the singer and what people can expect from Zero Day Reapers. Janca was born in Kitchener-Waterloo, but she grew up in Ottawa after her family moved here when... | Continue reading article

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Music for good causes with Divertimento Orchestra

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All photos from Divertimento Orchestra's website.All photos from Divertimento Orchestra's website.

Post by Alex Binkley Music from movies and vintage stage productions highlighted the Divertimento Orchestra’s 2016 Pops Concert with two local charities benefiting from the full houses Feb. 5-6. The audiences were treated to a sampling of John Williams’ compositions for the Harry Potter movies and the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Klaus Badelt. As featured was the Hoedown piece from Rodeo by Aaron Copeland and Frank Loesser’s handiwork from Guys and Dolls. Interspersed among those selection were some gems of classic music including Mars, the foreboding work from... | Continue reading article

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Glory Days: Ottawa’s music scenes of the 60s, 70s, and 80s at Megaphono

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Left to right: Councillor Jeff Leiper, panel members Eugene Haslam, Sandy Sharkey, Dick Cooper, Harvey Glatt, Gary Comeau, and emcee Ken Rockburn.  All photos by Terry Steeves.Left to right: Councillor Jeff Leiper, panel members Eugene Haslam, Sandy Sharkey, Dick Cooper, Harvey Glatt, Gary Comeau, and emcee Ken Rockburn. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The second annual Megaphono music showcase festival, which ran from Feb. 2-5, featured some of our own local and regional talent on stages throughout the city.  Industry professionals from abroad were invited to the capital to see, hear and offer constructive advice to some of Ottawa’s musical talent, and to offer constructive advice on how local artists can get the ball rolling on catapulting their careers. This year, Megaphono worked closely with the newly formed Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, which also works with artists and professionals to build, develop, network,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Music Conference: Jon Bartlett on Megaphono

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Photos from Megaphono's InstagramPhotos from Megaphono's Instagram

We spoke with Jon Barlett, founder of Kelp Records, and Director of MEGAPHONO, an organization focused on spreading Ottawa-area music to the world, currently holding its second annual showcase of local music. Bartlett is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and sits on the Board of the newly-formed Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). Jon Bartlett: I think the scene is doing a lot of self-reflection and, in many cases, starting to find ways to be more inclusive and ensure that everyone gets to participate. I... | Continue reading article

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ATONE de Pandaléon – Une expérience immersive

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Crédit photo : Julien LavoieCrédit photo : Julien Lavoie

À la sortie de leur premier album À chacun son gibier, Pandaléon a lancé dans l’univers des pièces musicales de haute qualité qui ont suscité un réel engouement.  Recrutés sous la bannière Audiogram, l’inspiration a mené les trois acolytes Marc-André Labelle (guitares) et les deux frères, Jean-Philippe (batterie et percussions) et Frédéric Levac (voix, machines et claviers) à pousser encore plus loin leur audace. Installés pendant cinq semaines dans l’ancienne école primaire des frères Levac à Saint-Bernardin dans l’Est ontarien, Pandaléon a pondu l’album Atone, un amalgame de pièces qui évoquent un retour aux sources. Tout... | Continue reading article

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Tap Room Sessions pour a little life into Kanata + ticket giveaway

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Photo from Big Rig's website.Photo from Big Rig's website.

Kanata is not exactly known for its nightlife. Once a haven for technological development, Kanata has become a place that many Ottawans simply don’t think about that often, unless it is in the context of our hockey team. But if the plan hatched by Big Rig and Ottawa Showbox is successful, that is about to change. The new partnership is about to bring a touch of downtown to the centre of Kanata as Matías Muñoz of Showbox and Travis Persaud of Big Rig move to shape Kanata into a destination in... | Continue reading article

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10 can’t miss bands at Megaphono

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Pipahauntas. Photo from megaphono.tv.Pipahauntas. Photo from megaphono.tv.

One of Ottawa’s newest festivals is already one of its best. Megaphono is back for a second edition of 613 music from February 2-5, filling local venues as well as unexpected places (three words: skating bonfire party) with sounds, talks, and mixers that you can’t miss out on. Whether you’re looking to discover more awesome bands in your backyard, or you’re totally new to the capital and half-expecting a Justin Trudeau DJ set, we have your Megaphono schedule sorted. Here are 10 artists at that will get you dancing and... | Continue reading article

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Choreographer Mark Godden of Going Home Star on telling residential school stories through dance

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Liang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation,  photo by Vince PahkalaLiang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, photo by Vince Pahkala

Written by Leah Geller Commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star  explores the trauma and healing of Aboriginal residential school survivors. The story, written by novelist Joseph Boyden and staged by choreographer Mark Godden, revolves around a pair of contemporary First Nations young people coming to terms with the past. The ballet premiered in Winnipeg in 2014 and has won critical acclaim for its ability to “turn darkness into beauty” (Globe and Mail) . Going Home Star’s Canadian tour begins with... | Continue reading article

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